Mid May - Mid Oct
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Our Valdez Glacier and Iceberg tour begins at Valdez Glacier Lake, past the airport at the end of Airport Road. There we will meet you with a canoe and life jackets.
This private tour requires a minimum of 2 people, and can accommodate groups as large as 12 average adults at a time. No canoe experience is required. Guides do the paddling, participants may paddle if they would like to do so. One in 30 tours we experience winds on the lake and may request participants to help paddle. A couple times a year winds force us to cancel or switch tours. The full refund cancellation or switch and prorate is decided by the client, if the guide determines the conditions to be unsafe on the lake.
We will canoe out towards Valdez Glacier exploring the icebergs, and when possible and safe, their ice caves. On July 7, 2020 the entire ice shelf of the glacier calved into thousands of icebergs. Currently there is no safe option to get on the glacier from the lake, as the face of the glacier is blocked by a group of unstable icebergs locked together. At this time there are a high volume of icebergs in the lake. We anticipate there being several ice caves available to view throughout each tour with at least one that would provide safe entrance in the canoe. However this is ice, it's constantly melting and changing so we can't offer 100% guarantees. These are our honest assessments based on years of observation out there. The option to walk on an iceberg exist if a suitable iceberg can be found for safe exit and entry of the canoe.
Cruise Ship Days
For cruise ship passengers this tour is NOT a private tour unless it is for a party of five or six. Otherwise on cruise days this becomes a combined tour of two guides and up to six passengers.
We pick up cruise passengers at the dock and will return them to the dock or in town locations if they prefer.
Life vests support up to a 52inch(132cm) chest.